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Food was posted 11/03/2016 01:09 pm by Anonymous
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I had Whipple surgery 14 years ago. Foods that people enjoy and individual typical diets can very greatly. For me today, I can eat practically anything I enjoyed before surgery without trouble as long as I take adequate amounts of Creon. I do limit carbs in my diet because I became diabetic after surgery (and as a result of the surgery), which I am so far able to control with diet and exercise. The first few years after surgery, I had to avoid nutmeats. Nut butters were no trouble, just nutmeats. That went away with time, today I eat nutmeats with no trouble. About the typical diet again - before surgery I ate a relatively low fat diet - lots of vegetables and seafood, but quite often I had vegetarian meals. No deep fried chicken (and I am from the South but from early childhood didn't care for it!) On rare occasions I would have a burger and french fries but I never much cared for steak and other beef products and once went years without consuming beef products at all. I did not drink any alcohol for a year or so after surgery, but with doctor's blessings, I enjoy a glass or two of wine with dinner and have no problems. I usually have a small amount of dark chocolate for 'dessert' after dinner, or sometimes light egg custard for example. Because of the diabetes, I never consider having pastries or overly sweet desserts.

I mention all of this because you will likely be given good advice to reduce fat in you diet after surgery. I will add be sure to take adequate amounts of Creon with the food you consume. It makes a difference. For me, the surgery did not require that I make many changes to my before surgery diet. For others, it may be a challenge.

Good luck with your surgery. I hope all goes well.

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